Private Equity

Private equity firms' "dry powder" surges to USD 789B - report

Private equity firms are keeping more money for acquisitions, according to a report from the Financial Times. The "dry power" of private equity funds have risen to USD 789 billion this year.

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VC sentiment in Silicon Valley hit the highest level since the 2008 recession - report

Valuation results in 3Q13 showed a noticeable increase over 2Q13, including the greatest difference between up and down rounds in over six years. The software industry was especially strong, not only valuation-wise, but also in the number of deals.

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Gazprom expands media business with Profmedia acquisition

Despite investor criticism it received for paying more investment attention on its non-core division, Gazprom announced on Tuesday in a joint statement that it had acquired Profmedia from metals tycoon Vladimir Potanin.

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Take-Two's share buyback sees full Icahn exit

The resignation of billionaire Carl Icahn's director appointees in Take-Two Interactive Software Inc's board of directors was part of an earlier agreement should Icahn decide to sell his position in the video game publisher.

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Airtasker raises additional USD2 million for team expansion

Australia-based task outsourcing platform Airtasker raised an additional USD2 million in a funding round with BridgeLane Capital, Exto Partners, and other private equity investors, to be used for the firm's team expansion.

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Silver Lake looks to raise new USD1 billion technology fund

Technology-focused private equity firm Silver Lake Management LLC will raise a USD1 billion fund to be invested in mid-sized companies. The firm's Silver Lake Sumeru LP unit will run the new fund.

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Kayne Partners gives growth capital to ColdLight Solutions

Big Data firm ColdLight Solutions has obtained growth capital from Kayne Partners. The amount of funding was not disclosed but ColdLight said it will help expand operations and scale their business solutions.

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Branson's Virgin Connect acquires Nizhny Novgorod telephone and broadband operator

The acquisition by Virgin Connect-affiliate Trivon AG of The MegaMax Group in the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia dispelled a rumor about the former's business in trouble in the region.

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Banco Popular sells property management to US funds

Spanish bank Banco Popular announced the sale of its property management units to US-based investment companies Varde Partners and Kennedy Wilson for an undisclosed amount.

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WSJ report says private equity to make a comeback in Spain, Italy

The Wall Street Journal said private equity firms may soon be returning to Spain and Italy. The report cited data from Preqin and the information presented given by several sources.

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Charter hall completes equity raising for Rosebud Plaza acquisition

Charter Hall Retail REIT completed a fully underwritten USD80 million institutional placement for the partial funding of its Rosebud Plaza acquisition, according to the company's statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

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Billionaire backer confident Aereo Inc can get 35% share of U.S.

Billionaire and IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller said Aereo Inc may get as much as 35% of US households to use its service once it overcomes the lawsuits filed against it by broadcasters.

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CapLinked secures USD 1 million in expansion round

Subtraction Capital, FF Angel, 500 Startups and other investors supported CapLinked, a cloud-based platform for business, with a USD 1 million investment in its expansion round.

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RDR brings private equity to wealth management market- report

Reforms made in the financial services industry through the retail distribution review or RDR implemented in January by a UK regulator has brought private equity to the arms of wealth managers, according to a report from Citywire.

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Private equity-backed Endeavor Energy, Joule Africa to construct USD500 million power project

Texas-based Endeavor Energy announced that it has inked a joint development agreement with Joule Africa to construct the USD500 million Bumbana Phase II Power Project. Endeavor Energy obtained a USD100 million funding from private equity firm Denham Capital.

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